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Views in the United States and Japan

In recent months, several states have passed sweeping anti-abortion legislation, including some of the most restrictive laws since abortion became legal under the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, in an attempt to take legal action against a new generation of Tories. judges who could overturn the 1973 ruling. Overall, the pro-life activism behind […]

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Why Ambedkar chose Buddhism over Hinduism, Islam, Christianity

Paintings on sale at Shivaji Park near Chaitya Bhoomi, Dadar, Mumbai one day before the 55th anniversary of Ambedkar’s death | Kalpak Pathak / Hindustan Times via Getty Images Text size: A- A + BThe religious conversion of abasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar is often a subject of curiosity and debate among people, who wonder why […]

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Buddhism and drunkenness | Kuensel online

How does Buddhism view intoxication? According to Lopen Tashi Tshering, lecturer at the Institute of Science of Mind, the Buddha had this to say about alcohol, the most widely consumed intoxicant of his time: and the weakening of wisdom. “Intoxicants include anything we ingest, inhale or inject into our system that distorts consciousness, disrupts self-awareness […]

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The ancient links between atheism, Buddhism and Hinduism – Quartz India

A group of atheists and laity recently met in Southern California to talk about social and political issues. It was the first of three summits planned by the Secular Coalition for America, a Washington DC-based rights group. To many, atheism – the lack of belief in one or more personal gods – may appear to […]

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How the Dalai Lama’s flight from Tibet “forever changed the concept of Buddhism”

?? Sixty years ago, on Sunday, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet under cover of darkness, disguised as a soldier. Key points: Some 80,000 Tibetans fled Chinese repression in March 1959, including the Dalai Lama From his base in India, the spiritual leader helped spread Tibetan Buddhism to the world Beijing and Tibetans in exile disagree […]

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A reader responds: Buddhism and mental health

Why so many Americans are turning to Buddhism Four in 10 American adults now say they meditate at least once a week. “Buddhism has been popular in various forms among some celebrities and tech elites,” Olga Khazan wrote last week, “but the main draw of religion for many Americans now appears to be mental health.” […]

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Is Buddhism Scientific or Religious?

The following article is taken from one of the last lectures in our online course, Buddhism for beginners. John Dunne, Buddhist scholar and practitioner, presents the origins, teachings, and historical development of Buddhism in this course for beginners and beyond. Here he takes a closer look at the ongoing debate as to whether Buddhism should […]

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Interview with the venerable Chaofan – Buddhistdoor Global

Venerable Chaofan (超 ç…©) is the founder of the American Association of Buddhist Education (美國 佛教 教育 協會) at Fuhui Temple (福慧 寺), which is located in the village of Rancocas, Westampton, New Jersey. Originally from Inner Mongolia, Ven. Chaofan was ordained a priest in 1981 at Mount Wutai and became one of the first […]

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Buddhism, at a glance – Beliefnet

Shutterstock.com With between 488 and 535 million practitioners, Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world. But what do you really know? If you’re like most, you might associate Buddhism with vague notions of spirituality and the practices of meditation and yoga. But what is it, really? It started with the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, […]

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Daily Religious Questions: What Can We Learn From Buddhism? | Local news

When we think of the Buddha, we often think of a plump man sitting cross-legged. I read that this Buddha image was from Japan. As he fasted often, I imagine the Buddha to be rather thin. Hearing the word Buddhism, it reminds us of kind and gentle monks dressed in orange clothes. To understand better, […]

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Buddhism and its origins

It’s hard to find a self-help book today that doesn’t praise the benefits of meditation, mindfulness, and yoga. Many people engage in meditation and other practices associated with Buddhism. But not everyone realizes the intricacies of religion, according to Stanford expert Paul Harrison. (Image credit: FatCamera / Getty Images) Many of these practices are rooted […]

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Buddhism flourishes in Siberia, opening window to its pre-Soviet past

For decades, the only Buddhist structure in Ivolginsky – in fact, anywhere in Russia – was a small wooden temple that Joseph Stalin allowed to be built in 1946. But since the fall of communism, Buddhism has experienced a renaissance in Russia, especially in Russia. the ethnically Mongolian republic of Buryatia in Siberia, where Ivolginsky […]

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Buddhism, the good and the bad

My previous article describes a week-long silent Buddhist retreat I took last month that touched me more than I expected. In this article, I will offer some additional thoughts on experience and on Buddhism. Happiness versus truth Western Buddhists insist that Buddhism is not a religion, it is a science, an empirical method for analyzing […]

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Four lessons from the Sutta Nipata on racism and classism

Thai forest monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu is a prolific translator of the Pali canon, the first complete set of the teachings of the Buddha. Than Geoff, as his students and friends call him, recently printed his translation of the Sutta Nipata (“The Discourse Group”). Composed of 72 suttas in total, the Sutta Nipata contains some of […]

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Crisis of faith within Buddhism?

Our monastic community has long been a spiritual refuge for Thai society, with our Buddhist monks long held in high esteem. This might no longer be a familiar scenario, however, with a slew of bad news about the indecent behavior and misconduct of many monastic members having cast a negative light on the clergy like […]

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Dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity is more urgent than ever – Buddhistdoor Global

Evangelical leaders hold a prayer for Trump and Mike Pence, far right, at the White House in September 2017. From newyorker.com How dramatic, arbitrary and often repetitive the tides of history are. We are very successful – the 2,500-year-old Buddhist dispensation being at the top of my list of human achievements, with the invention of […]

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Korean Buddhism’s Jogye Order to Build Global Meditation Village – Buddhistdoor Global

The design of Mungyeong World Meditation Village. At yonhapnews.co.kr The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism plans to build a large-scale meditation complex in front of Bongam-sa, a temple in the city of Mungyeong in South Korea’s Gyeongsang Province. Mungyeong Global Meditation Village, the brainchild of Bongam Temple of the Jogye Order and a group of […]

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The body in Buddhism – Buddhistdoor Global

Anam Thubten Rinpoche. From youtube.com Our relationship with our body, in general, is unhealthy as our outlook on it tends to be not only flawed, but even negative in ways that can be harsh and mean. Many organized religions have the reputation of being “anti-body”. In his book Walking words, the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano […]

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Why peaceful religion has become so violent in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand

Clashes between Buddhist and Muslim extremists have occurred in two different towns in Sri Lanka, Kandy and Amparaearly 2018. Triggered in part by hateful messages disseminated by Nationalist Sinhalese Buddhist Facebook groupsthese riots resulted in the death of a Muslim and the destruction of many buildings. To many non-Buddhists outside of Asia, this type of […]

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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

If you were to follow the flow of psychology and neuroscience books published over the past two decades, you would think Buddhism is a complex philosophical system devised by a man with an insight for the emergence of psychoanalysis and philosophy somehow. 2,400 years later. road. Indeed, Buddhism lends itself to emerging sciences in a […]

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How American Buddhism is like an elephant

To understand Buddhism in the United States, it helps to start with some ancient Buddhist history. A group of blind people describe an elephant. One, who smells of the elephant’s tail, describes it as a rope. Another touches the head and says the elephant is like a rock. The other blind people, after feeling its […]

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Prime Minister of Bhutan proposes the establishment of the International Center of Vajrayana Buddhism – Buddhistdoor Global

Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay speaks at the International Vajrayana Conference in Thimphu. Photo by Craig Lewis THIMPHU—Speaking at the International Vajrayana Conference held in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu last week,* Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay, presented a new vision aimed at ensuring the preservation and the development of the […]

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Buddhism finds eternal life beyond itself

Eternal life of the soul is a fundamental belief of many religions, not only Christianity and Islam, but also Hinduism. Yet Buddhism teaches the opposite: the impermanence of everything, including oneself. Followers of these other religions might find the Buddhist point of view absolutely baffling. If we are here today and gone tomorrow, what good […]

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Chinese Buddhism in Penang – Buddhistdoor Global

Penang State in Malaysia is probably the most religiously diverse place I have ever visited. As I walked through George Town, the capital of Penang, I was completely enchanted by the density of the different religious architectures. In the morning, the Hindu deities of the Sri Mahamariamman temple are awakened in a puja ritual. Throughout […]

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Buddhism and politics in Myanmar: an interview with an author

What made you want to write Buddhism, politics and political thought in Myanmar? My interest in the subject began in 2002, during my first trip to Myanmar. With a friend, I had signed up for a month-long meditation retreat at a monastery near Mandalay. One of the teachers was an American who had been ordained […]

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Why Americans See Buddhism as a Philosophy Rather Than a Religion — Quartz

In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha and his entry into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, the Buddha’s enlightenment is commemorated during the December holiday season, with a short children’s talk, candlelight service, and potluck after the celebration. Welcome to American Buddhism. Early Influences […]

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Why so many Americans think Buddhism is just a philosophy

In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha and his entry into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, the enlightenment of the Buddha is commemorated during the December holiday season, with a short lecture for the kids, a candle light service, and a potluck dinner after […]

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An adaptable present, a hopeful future – Buddhistdoor Global

Worshipers burn incense sticks in a Buddhist temple. From baltimoresun.com During the New Year 2017, 70,000 Buddhist devotees eagerly jostled in the halls and courtyards of the majestic Yonghe Temple in the heart of Beijing. The effectively unlimited access to this once imperial monument was a far cry from its ancient history as a retreat […]

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Is Buddhism True? | America Magazine

Before “Buddhism” became the religious family of traditions it is now – with its many schools and an elaborate tapestry of beliefs, rituals, and doctrinal and metaphysical systems exhibited in voluminous scriptural sources – it was a path spirituality and a simple way of life as experienced and taught by a man his contemporaries revered […]

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What Buddhism teaches about peace and war

Buddhism is generally considered, with good reason, to be the most peaceful religion in the world. Like other South Asian religions, it emphasizes the principle of Ahimsah, the “non-injury” of other living beings. Yet his teachings also emphasize that violence harms the spiritual state of the abuser, as well as that of the victim. Evil […]

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The Tiantai Trilogy, Part 2 – Global Buddhist

A waterfall on Tiantai Mountain, China. From gochengdu.cn In the first installment of this trilogy, I introduced the Tiantai School of Chinese Buddhism (天台 å®— 佛教) and explained why and how I personally find it more compelling than the more “devotional” Pure Land Buddhism (淨土 å®— 佛教) and “cerebral” Chan (Zen) Buddhism (禪宗 佛教). The […]

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Understanding Buddhism through a feminist lens

Shakyamuni Buddha was the pioneer who initiated this way of life 2500 years ago. Buddhahood is about transforming suffering and overcoming it. All you need is to meditate, amend and train yourself in inner wisdom, kindness and healing. Nichiren the 13th century radical Buddhist monk, an outspoken critic of Buddhahood, on whose preaching the Soka […]

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A Long and Complicated History – The Diplomat

Advertisement A cursory glance at today’s world news may suggest that the fault line where Buddhism and Islam meet in Asia is increasingly characterized by conflict between the two religions. Of course, in the broadest sense, this is not true, as religions are made up of many individuals and leaders, who usually hold differing opinions. […]

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What businesses can learn from Buddhism

Millennials, we are told, have a different attitude to work than their elders. They want to work for values ​​and ethical organizations where the goal is higher than just making a profit. Companies wishing to attract top millennial talent could therefore learn some lessons from ancient spiritual teachings, such as those of Buddhism. The fourth […]

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How Buddhism is used to justify violence in Myanmar

Four hundred thousand Rohingya have fled their homes in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh in the face of what the UN Secretary-General calls “a vicious cycle of persecution, discrimination, radicalization and violent repression” by the Myanmar military. A humanitarian crisis resulted; the world is watching images of Rohingya villages reduced to ashes. Aung San Suu Kyi, […]

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Examining the Demographics of Buddhism in America – Buddhistdoor Global

Title page of the PRRI report. Image reproduced with the kind permission of the author The study of Buddhism in America has long grappled with a seemingly simple question: how to determine exactly who is a Buddhist? In a recent scholarly article, J. Gordon Melton and Constance Jones write: “Assessing the size of the Buddhist […]

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Was Buddha God or Human? Are there gods in Buddhism?

[This article is part of the 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism series] Buddhism is known in the West as an “atheistic religion” in that, unlike the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, it does not recognize a single creative deity. However, it should not be deduced from this that Buddhism does not have gods. He […]

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Buddhism is my religion, not your decorations – The Temple News

As a freshman, I spent the last few weeks getting used to my new home in Edge and visiting other student dorms. It has been an exciting and eye-opening experience so far, but there is one issue I would like to address. In no time, I have already seen tons of tapestries hanging on the […]

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Secular Buddhism in North America – Buddhistdoor Global

As Buddhism grows in popularity in North America, one aspect that is becoming increasingly important is its potential affinity with secularism. Books like Stephen Batchelor Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening (Riverhead Books 1997), Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist (Spiegel & Grau 2011), and Secular Buddhism: imagining dharma in an uncertain world (Yale […]

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Buddhist boon: Celebrations across Australia as religion maintains popularity

The 2016 census shows Australians are less religious than ever, but one religion is maintaining its popularity, with various celebrations planned across the country this weekend. The number of Australians who in the census said they had no religion rose from 13% in 1991 to 30% in 2016, while the number of Christians rose from […]

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Resources on Buddhism and mediation – CSS Blog Network

The author and Buddhist leaders from different schools gather at the White House in 2016 for a celebration of Vesak Day. Mediation perspectives is a periodic blog entry provided by CSS ‘ Mediation support team and occasional guest authors. Each entry is designed to emphasize the usefulness of mediation approaches in dealing with violent political […]

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Buddhism for beginners – Lion’s Roar

New to Buddhism or Meditation? Then you probably have a lot of questions – and you will find some useful answers here, in the form of articles by The roar of the lion and Buddhadharma. Buddha Shakyamuni. Lacquered wood, Myanmar, 15th century. Courtesy of LACMA. Contents What do Buddhists believe? Buddhists have many different beliefs […]

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Nurturing the roots of Chinese Buddhism in Africa – Buddhistdoor Global

I was born Simon Manase Masauko in Malawi on April 23, 1978. I received the name Dharma Ben Xing, which means “awakening” or, more literally, “the original root of awakening”, in 2000 from the famous Buddhist monk Venerable Master Hui Li, the first Mahayana monk from Taiwan to come to Africa and spread humanistic Buddhism. […]

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Chinese Buddhism beyond Asia – Buddhistdoor Global

At Buddhadoor Global This year’s special issue looks at how Chinese Buddhism, one of the oldest and most influential Asian expressions of Universal Dharma, took hold in countries like Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. United. Featuring contributions from Western-born Chinese Buddhists, Chinese-born residents in Western countries, and venerable nuns, our issue foregrounds an East-West […]

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How does Buddhism view LGBTQ people?

As a gay man, I would like to know how Buddhism views LGBTQ people. I am not interested in joining a religion that disapproves of who I am. Illustration by Nolan Pelletier. One of the (many) differences between Buddhism and other religions is the low importance it places on sexuality as a moral issue. While […]

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Holy Land of Turkish Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism – Buddhistdoor Global

A suburban (stupa) on the way to Burgan Izi (Buddha’s Footprint). Image reproduced with the kind permission of the author Tuva is an isolated Russian republic in southern Siberia, whose capital, Kyzyl, lies in the geographical heart of Asia. The Tuvans are a Turkic ethnic group, historically known as one of the nomadic Uriankhai tribes […]

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Science and Buddhism – Alliance and friendship, not ideological uniformity – Buddhistdoor Global

The shimmering Milky Way above Nanga Parba mountain, Pakistan. From commons.wikimedia.org We don’t like to think of humans as inherently cruel or violent. Even the suggestion that homo sapiens could, as a species, be inclined to violence is uncomfortable with all but the most cynical misanthrope. Yet this is what a Spanish team of researchers […]

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Islam and Buddhism are more alike than you think

Grade 12 student Jessica Robinson argues that Islam and Buddhism are more alike than you might think. SINCE the dawn of mankind, humans have attempted to answer the most complex and confusing questions in the universe through religious beliefs. Questions such as why are we here? How did we come? Religions around the world have […]

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Who Are The Dalai Lamas Of Tibetan Buddhism?

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th and current Dalai Lama. 5. Context and initial training The term “Dalai Lama” refers to the religious leader of a specific school of Buddhism originating in Tibet. Known as Gelug, or “Way of Virtue”, this branch of Buddhism was founded by Je Tsongkhapa, who lived from 1357 to 1419. Tibetan Buddhism is […]

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Faith is an essential root of virtue in Pure Land Buddhism – Buddhistdoor Global

The Orion Nebulae. At smithsonianscience.si.edu Faith is one of the five roots of virtue When we talk about the five roots of virtue in Buddhism, most of us think of the root of wisdom. However, faith is also a root of virtue, and the first of the five: faith (Skt. shraddha), zeal, mindfulness, meditation (Skt. […]

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There is a misogynistic aspect of Buddhism that no one talks about – Quartz India

Hinduism is patriarchal. No doubt about it. The same is true of Christianity and Islam, Sikhism and Shintoism, Jainism and Judaism. But Buddhism? It is not the first religion that comes to mind when it comes to misogyny. The assumption is that Buddhism is rational, modern, agnostic and liberal in matters of gender and sexuality. […]

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Stephen Batchelor talks about Buddhism in a ‘secular era’

What is Buddhism? It’s a simple question, but one with no answer, at least on a frozen, bite-sized, media-ready level. This is a question that is reminiscent of the koan that Stephen Batchelor in the early 80s, as he sat in front of a white wall in a Korean Zen monastery, day after day: “What […]

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Science and Buddhism Agree: There’s No “You” There

Evan Thompson of the University of British Columbia checked the Buddhist belief of anatta, or not-self. Neuroscience has been interested in Buddhism since the late 1980s, when Spirit and Life Institute was created by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a team of scientists. The science from these early studies validated what the monks had […]

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Buddhism attracts new converts to China

Story Highlights Growing numbers of Chinese are rediscovering the country’s Buddhist traditions It is not always easy to combine Buddhist beliefs with the demands of modern life Buddhism has a long history in China but was suppressed during the Maoist era beijing CNN — Five years ago, Beijinger Robert Zhao went on a trip to […]

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Why should you practice Buddhism?

This article is by Chokdee Rutirasiri, the founder of History and Structurea design company. At the heart of Buddhist traditions and teachings is the Eightfold Path. It has eight elements: Right View, Right Intention, Right Action, Right Speech, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Focus. I consider it to be a non-linear guide […]

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Do you hate religion but love Buddhism? | Joanna Pleasure

Buddhism has been all rage lately: The Dalai Lama wrapped up his US tour earlier this year, which included a HuffPost Live talk on “mindfulness, spirituality, and HuffPost’s third metric that seeks to redefine success beyond ‘money and power’ (fantasy!). TIME magazine featured an elated meditator on a February cover, and “mindfulness” talks are popping […]

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The Growing Fundamentalist Tendency of Asian Buddhism

Buddhist temple Wat Intharawihan in Bangkok, Thailand. BANGKOK (RNS) For many Americans, Buddhism is about attaining enlightenment, perhaps even nirvana, through peaceful methods such as meditation and yoga. But in parts of Asia, a more assertive, strident and militant Buddhism is emerging. In three countries where Buddhism is the majority religion, a form of religious […]

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In Norton Lecture, Hancock Discusses Buddhism as Sources of Creativity | News

Herbie Hancock (featured in Series 4 of the Norton Lecture Series) discussed Buddhism and artistic creativity during his fifth lecture in “The Ethics of Jazz” series at the Sanders Theater on March 24. Hancock described his personal experiences with Buddhism and how it enhanced his musical creativity. By Jennifer Y Yao Herbert “Herbie” J. Hancock, […]

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Is Buddhism the religion most favorable to science?

Here’s some sad news, courtesy of the Pew Research Center’s “Religion & Public Life Project.” Not only is there growth difference between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to acceptance of evolution, with Democrats at just 67% and Republicans at 43%. Even more appalling is the finding that only 27% of white evangelical Protestants understand […]

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Irish and Asian Buddhism is a history that dates back 14 centuries

Five years ago I was asked to write a chapter on the Buddhist community for a book on the different religions of Ireland. The book never materialized, but it did spark research into the arrival of Buddhism in Ireland. I had assumed the answer was in the 1960s or 1970s, but instead discovered that the […]

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What is karma? | Hinduism Buddhism

Karma, a Sanskrit word that roughly translates to “action”, is a central concept in some Eastern religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism. Although its specifics are different depending on the religion, karma generally refers to the cycle of cause and effect – every action taken by a person will affect him at some point in the […]

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Highlights on Buddhism | CNN

CNN — Here is an overview of Buddhism, the main religion of many countries in Asia. Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) grew up in a wealthy family. He decided to follow a path of self-sacrifice, but did not find the truth until he sat down under a tree, now known as the Bo tree. There he was […]

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Is Buddhism a religion? | Michael McGhee

OWhat first attracted me to Buddhism in the years that followed my slow abandonment of formal Christianity was not intellectual but rather imaginary, images of liberation. I was struck by the serenity of the Buddha figure, its portrayal of self-control and calm. There was a danger there, the temptation of an overly easy and hasty […]

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The shooter’s interest in Buddhism sparks debate in the Buddhist community

Aaron Alexis had a gold Buddha in his bedroom, a regular meditation practice and a gun with him “at all times”, according to a friend. At one time he aspired to be a monk. He liquidated a killer. Of the many details that have emerged about Alexis in the aftermath of the Washington Navy Yard […]

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Conflict in Buddhism: ‘Violence in the Name of Peace?’

Story Highlights Buddhism is strongly associated in the Western mind with pacifism Despite this, more and more Buddhist countries are mired in insurgent violence. From Sri Lanka to Myanmar and southern Thailand, Buddhists have been urged to take up arms Analysts say that, as with many religions, Buddhism is seen as part of a national […]

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Daily inspiration: Three gems of Buddhism are belief in Buddha, teachings and community

Cheryl Costa By Cheryl CostaContributing author Oddly enough, some of the most profound discussions of Buddhist teachings I have had over the years have not taken place in a temple or monastery. No, these impromptu discussions usually took place next to a crate of vegetables in the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket! The […]

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Why I don’t like Buddhism

I have been meditating on Buddhism lately, for several reasons. First, I read that Steve Jobs was a lifelong devotee of Buddhism and even married in a Buddhist ceremony. Second, a new documentary, mad wisdomcelebrates the life of Chogyam Trungpa, who helped popularize Tibetan Buddhism here in the United States in the 1970s. Third, Slate […]

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JuBus – Embracing Judaism and Buddhism

May 2, 2006 — — During my long career at ABC News, I have been assigned to two seemingly opposite religious corners of the world. I spent nine years in Japan where Buddhism is practiced and nearly four years in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where the majority of the population follows Judaism. That should qualify […]